Barn design: Raised Center Aisle (RCA) barn frame

I’ve had these photos sitting about for some time but just now got them moved from the old computer to the new. I’ve posted about RCA (raised center aisle barns) before but as a carport. This is a framed out, barn that we were able to get photos of during the construction phase.

Ideally, I would like to use an RCA for the pony barn. I would leave one of the wings completely open as a group loafing shed shelter, with a half wall (marked in red) so people can interact with the ponies. Since ponies would only be eating hay in a slow feeder, and I would have an alternative eating area, this is more for housing during extreme weather. It would have a small tack room, hay storage and an open, covered storage on one end which could serve to house equipment or be part of an outdoor classroom.

There’s a symmetry to an RCA which is very appealing. The higher, center section would allow entry of trailers or trucks to bring in hay etc… This one has a concrete floor and the view is full front:

The side wing would need to be high enough to allow horses entrance, or in my case, ponies. Here you can see the sloping pitch of the wing’s roofline:

The Center, Raised Aisle, is framed with traditional trusses:

While I don’t provide plans, I do try to provide enough photo details that you can figure out the size of lumber involved and how it joins together. This is a view of a wing with sloping roofline.

A side wall, roof supporting structure.

Exterior corner post with roofline attachment:

Interior corner post with rooflline attachment:

If you are in the process of building, hopefully these photos can help you along and provide a deeper understanding of the structure, which sometimes flat plans cannot. An RCA barn is a more complicated project then a loafing shed. Whether you feel you are up to taking on a project of this size really depends on the level of your own carpentry skills.

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